With less than two weeks to go until the scheduled re-opening of a revamped stretch of Lakeshore Road in the Mission, between Cook and Lexington Roads, the construction site is seeing the final touches applied following the installation of the new bridge over Mission Creek..
“Bridge replacements can be particularly challenging, as there is only a short amount of time during the summer between spawning seasons when in-stream work can be done,” said Purvez Irani, roads, drainage and solid waste projects manager. “But the project was scheduled as efficiently as possible to minimize inconvenience to businesses and residents. We are excited to show the community the finished product.”
The $11-million road project has closed the main recreational and commuter corridor into the southern part of the city since mid-May.
Irani said residents can look forward to upgrades that were influenced by their input.
During community consultations held during 2012, prior to design and construction of the corridor, the city heard a number of design objective requests and city staff say they have delivered, including:
• Aesthetic characteristics incorporated throughout the road corridor of a riparian nature to create a unique identity and sense of place due to its proximity to Okanagan Lake and the Mission Creek Greenway
• Safe travel for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists with the addition of extra wide commuter bike lanes and off road pathway for recreational users and sidewalks for pedestrians.
• Provide safe and continuous access to the Mission Creek Greenway
• Protect sanctuary spaces in the area along the Mission Creek
• Ensure efficient travel with the addition of roundabout at Lexington Drive and more formalized accesses to businesses
• Provide upgrades to transit stops with the addition of shelters and benches between Cook and Lexington Drive.
The Greenway trail turnaround will remain in place on the north side of Mission Creek while final site work is done around the Lakeshore Bridge.
Due to recent cold weather, the final lift of asphalt for the road will be completed in the spring, along with minor landscaping if required.
A major tourism and recreation corridor, Lakeshore Road sees an average of 12,000 vehicles per day.
As the South Mission area continues to grow, the widening of Lakeshore Road from Richter Street to Barnaby Road is identified in the 20-Year Road Network Plan to meet future demand.
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